Kenyan Gay Couple Evicted, Told To ‘Wait For Your Obama’ As Tensions Rise Over US President’s Visit

9 Jul

A Kenyan gay couple were evicted from their home in Nairobi because of their sexual orientation and told by the landlord to “go wait for your Obama,” as tensions rise over U.S. President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to the African nation this month. Peter, 26, and John, 29, had told their landlord and neighbors they were living together as friends to save money. But rumors spread that they were actually a homosexual couple and the two were forced from their home on Friday, where they had been living for the past two years, a Kenyan LGBT activist told Gay Star News on Wednesday.

“There have been more beatings, evictions and attacks when public discourse focuses on the community. It gets heightened and it will only increase momentum as Obama’s visit gets closer,” said Denis Nzioka, who last year launched the website Watetezi, which tracks human rights injustices against the LGBT community in Kenya.


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